Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Edward Curtis


Many of the Native American photographs we enjoy on this site can be credited to Edward Curtis, pictured above. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Curtis realized that the traditional Native American lifestyle was coming to an end. He received a grant from J.P. Morgan to travel the country and photograph Native Americans in their traditional lifestyle and culture. 

9 comments:

  1. What a great picture! It's wonderful that we still have some of his photos still and can see them on your awesome blog! Hurrah for the early photographers!

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  2. Wonder who took HIS dashing portrait.

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  3. That is a great photo and it's apparently a self portrait. I do appreciate nicely kept facial hair on a man.

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  4. Maybelline, the WIKIPEDIA site states that it is a `self portrait`

    Jim

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  5. He looks very 'modern', doesn't he?

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  6. i need that hat,,,,ahahahaah
    oldbear.

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  7. Sorry but he looks like a "dandy" to me.

    John

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  8. Curtis's glimpses offer a wealth of information from that period as well as being beautiful photos . Thanks for the pic of him . It's nice seeing the face behind all the faces.

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  9. Mid-19th century, George Catlin was doing the same thing, but in painting: http://www.georgecatlin.org/. Very interesting works in which he presented the subjects as worthy and dignified human beings (not so common at the time), though the artistic merit of his works is a little wanting (in my opinion). He wrote a book about his travels among the tribes, too, in which he talks about what he saw in a relatively unbiased, but rightly analytical-critical way, as any scholar would and should. Fascinating.

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